With the aim of reducing porpoise, safeguarding the health of drivers, but also improving, in general, the new aeronautical regulations of 2022, the FIA has asked teams to provide possible CFD solutions for 2023.
Reducing the porpoise, while preserving regulatory achievements (i.e., the ease with which F1 cars can follow each other), the equation may not be as straightforward because it includes the ground effect on the scales.
At Mercedes, is Mike Elliott frustrated to see that this new regulation, which does not benefit Mercedes at all, would also be considered imperfect?
“I don’t think it’s frustration. When you look at the position we’re in, the drivers say it’s uncomfortable. It’s not safe for them to drive cars, when there are a lot of laps and laps. And the sport has to face- “The sport has to be adapted and changed accordingly. The difficulty is that these cars were designed around the ground effect, they were designed to try to improve overtaking.”
“The question is whether we can retain some of that effect and avoid bounces. The devil is in the details and the aerodynamics of the different teams will be up to them to try to figure out, along with the FIA, how to change the rules in the right direction, but get that teams agree it will also be a challenge. ”
The first change that will take effect will not wait until 2023; but will be present from the French Grand Prix.
More than a sign of failure, Andreas Seidl, the director of the McLaren team in F1, is delighted with the process of communicating with the FIA, after a few mistakes in Montreal.
“From my point of view, what I have been very happy about in the last two weeks after all the excitement in the Montreal paddock is that we have had a good process going on over the last two weeks, led by the FIA. had a technical advisory committee where the experts met and discussed the way forward under the clear guidance of the FIA, which was important.They made it clear that for safety reasons they will implement changes and a technical directive, but I was very pleased that all teams could contribute and still be able to contribute to this directive, which comes into force from France. “
“And at the same time, in terms of the direction to take for next year, it is the right process. This I would also like to see. Formula 1 works and I am very happy with it. »
Too late to change the rules according to Christian Horner
Günther Steiner reveals a disagreement in this famous technical group: some teams (Red Bull, you might think) do not want to change the rules, others do.
“In the technical advisory group there was talk of changing the rules, which most of the team does not want to do. They are trying to find a solution without drastically changing the rules. Because if you change the rules in July, it’s a little late, so I don’t think that’s the right way to go. »
“Obviously, if there are security issues, we have to address them. I totally agree with this point, which we are currently working on. And as we said before, in France, there will be work, to see where we are with these things. »
“But we are against a drastic change in the rules or something, because it is quite late in the year. And, of course, on the other hand, it could be said that some people have already worked on the new rules, which are proposed, and then they will move forward. Therefore, we must be careful not to do harm. And I’m sure the FIA will study this issue and listen to everyone. »
Like Günther Steiner, Alpine’s Otmar Szafnauer believes it’s almost too late to change next year’s rules.
“For me, it’s always better to have a vision of the rules from the beginning and not change them during the season. That said, there has been a precedent: if it is a security issue, then the FIA makes changes. But I am always in favor of knowing the rules well in advance and for everyone to find their solution. So the sooner we know, the better. »
Not surprisingly, Red Bull’s Christian Horner is against any rule changes during the year. It also softens the argument of limited budgets.
“Yes, it is too late to make any changes for next year. We have government for that, and the costs involved are so great that … sometimes the unintended consequences of changing whole philosophies are such that they will affect what you transpose your car into next year, it will affect your design and development. »
“And the most important thing and the way to achieve a stable cost, the budgetary stability. The cars will converge; you can already see that the cars certainly look like … some look more familiar. This will continue for the next six or nine months, so the most important thing is not to damage it, let it go and the equipment will be fine. »